sob story

noun

Definition of sob story

: a sentimental story or account intended chiefly to evoke sympathy or sadness

Examples of sob story in a Sentence

She told a sob story about how she had to starve herself to pay for the rent. I don't want to hear any of your sob stories.
Recent Examples on the Web Someone may use a sob story or a guilt trip to pressure you into handling their responsibilities for them. oregonlive, "Horoscope for April 17, 2020: Taurus, stay above it all; Scorpio, don’t be a phony," 17 Apr. 2020 Neither does Helen who is uninterested in Wendy’s sob stories about her brother. Shannon Carlin, refinery29.com, "Ozark Season 3 Binge Club Recap: Episodes 1-10," 30 Mar. 2020 And it was all based on one arguably minor facet of an actual woman’s complex life: her use of fake names and fake sob stories to get public benefits. Bryce Covert, The New Republic, "The Myth of the Welfare Queen," 2 July 2019 Now Trump might spin this sob story as evidence that more offshored manufacturing should return home. Catherine Rampell, The Denver Post, "Rampell: Trump’s proposed tennis ball tariff represents a grand slam of terrible trade policy," 30 June 2019 McKinney played out a sob story about his wife leaving him for his brother. oregonlive.com, "TriMet is constantly hiring, so we took a bus for a spin (video)," 20 June 2019 Not long after returning Gilead, June and Fred are in front of the TV, weaving a sob story about how their child has been taken away from them. Elena Nicolaou, refinery29.com, "The Handmaid's Tale Season 3, Episode 5 Recap: A Seat At The Table," 12 June 2019 Andy’s backstory elevates the book above a sob story–but redemption, recovery and hope remain the name of the game. Sarah Begley, Time, "Two Novels That Take On the Reality of School Shootings," 29 Mar. 2018 Plus, the tag only affected a handful of players each year and, ultimately, a guaranteed top-of-the-line one-year contract is far from a sob story. Jacob Feldman, SI.com, "When 'The Franchise Tag' Was Called 'The Elway Rule'," 23 Feb. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'sob story.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of sob story

1913, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about sob story

Time Traveler for sob story

Time Traveler

The first known use of sob story was in 1913

See more words from the same year

Statistics for sob story

Cite this Entry

“Sob story.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sob%20story. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for sob story

sob story

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sob story

informal : a sad story about yourself that you tell in order to make people feel sorry for you

Comments on sob story

What made you want to look up sob story? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Name That Thing: Animal Edition

  • alt 5a023732e6f75
  • Name that animal:
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!